2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, taillight detail, La Jolla, 2009.
“Hyundai’s gamble is that the altered fascia and fancy taillights will both alert your friends and neighbors of your hybrid-driving status as well as be significantly more economical to manufacture. “Fluidic Sculpture,” as applied to the regular Sonata, involved a sinewy shape with rounded edges and creased accents like a pressed pair of pants, flowing around the car up to the front and being drawn in by the heavily curved headlights into a focal point at the grille. The grille is also where the Hybrid is most divergent, losing the organic, chromed, bi-level gills for a heavy, sporty maw. I say sporty because it can’t help but resemble the current Mitsubishi corporate face writ large on the Lancer Evo. The chrome’s moved north to the hood, in the form of an wing-like accent, and in its place a heavy black beam bisects the thatched grille covering. The headlights’ shape are also altered, becoming more angular. Out back, not much has changed except the taillights, which are a cool smidgen of kit evocative of an atom and worthy of a few seconds of close contemplation.”
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